PLANETCAVER

Welcome to the Planetcaver blog! The Planetskier blog has many caving stories as well at the Blogspot, TGR, Freeride or Relaa websites. All caving-related blog articles are show below, however. You can also click on a map to see where in the world they took place.

See also the articles about skiing, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, swimming, and saunas.

All caving-related articles:

Näsbacken Bunker
This is a difficult bunker to get to. Not because being covered by dirt or blown up. But the whole area is guarded by, well, people who do not like other people to visit their part of the country. I have seen plenty of blocked roads, but the Sarvvik people have managed to block more than ten square kilometres of land.
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December 2017, Näsbacken bunker, Sarvvik, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Ingels Bunker
Jarmo and I visited the Ingels bunker. Unfortunately, it turned out that we could only find a concrete slab, and found no way to enter or peek inside, or even figure out if there was anything underneath.
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December 2017, Bunkkeri, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Abandoned Soviet Bunker in Fagerkulla
I had a tough week, basically trying to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep for every night, due to travel and meetings. I had talked about possibly exploring something with my friend Jarmo on Saturday. But by the time I woke up, it was already afternoon...
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December 2017, Fagerkullan bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Faerly Hole in the Jenny Jump Forest
The "Shades of Death Road" address was odd, but the day and the nature was wonderful. I found the Faerly Hole cave easily on the shores of the Ghost Lake, and walked in. It wasn't before I had crawled through a small hole that I realised something the rock walls above me were covered in layers of spiders and crickets. Thick enough to form a dark mass. And that mass had now awakened and was dropping and jumping on me.
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December 2017, Faerly Hole, Jenny Jump State Forest, New Jersey, USA
Caving (Rock); Hiking

Sepänkylä Parking Lot Bunker
Another guest blog entry from Jarmo: Before visiting a very nice bunker in Fagerkulla with Jari, I went to a walk in a forest. The plan was to visit some interesting spots I had found from a map. I did not expect to see any bunkers but when I stepped out of the car I saw a bunker just a few meters from me.
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December 2017, Sepänkylantien parkkipaikan bunkkeri, Sepänkylä, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Sacred Cave
Sacred cave. Sacred place. Secret place. This place has suffered, but is still sacred for those who believe in it.
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November 2017, Sacred cave, Nevada, USA
Caving (Rock); Climbing (Mountain)

Kalasberget II
Olli and I went again to the Kalasberget bunker, to take some video and drone footage. It continues to be an amazing-looking bunker in the middle of the forest. Olli took some great pictures, and we got decent drone footage, too. The drone took some hits though.
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November 2017, Bunkkeri 1, Kalasberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Buildings); Caving (Man-made)

Singapore Caving
Eight days inside a shopping mall. Enough! The question for the ninth day though was if I could find something interesting. Are there any caves in Singapore? There was scant information in the Internet, but it seemed like there could be beach caves on the Sentosa island, if we only could find low enough tide moment to reach them.
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November 2017, Cave 1, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 2, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 3, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 4, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 5, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 6, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Cave 7, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore; Triangle stone, Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore
Caving (Rock)

Bunkers in Kirkkonummi City
Today's exercise was to visit the Jolkby and Lindal bunkers near Kirkkonummi center. The designation "Command Bunker" promised much, but unfortunately, we could not get in. Digging might help, but while the tunnel started promisingly, it ended in dirt and a big stone. But we were able to enter the one in Lindal!
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November 2017, Lindalin bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Komentobunkkeri, Joklby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Leikkijuoksuhauta, Jolkby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jolkbyn potero 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jolkbyn potero 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Trenches, Vehicles); Caving (Man-made)

Sundsberg Bunker
I've been resting my feet last couple of days, after some treatment by doctors. But today I felt the urge for at least a small visit, somewhere. Maybe an abandoned bunker from the Russian occupation times?
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October 2017, Sundsberg bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Map of the Majvik Roof Cave
I managed to stop at the small roof cave in Majvik when going to the office the other day. And took measurements. So here's a map!
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October 2017, Majvikin pieni lippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Majvikin pienen lippaluolan sivuluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Mera Korv!
Mera korv, more sausage? Once again I'm in Kista, but wanted a quick outing in the evening after a long day. The answer was once again Uber to another bunker on the Korvlinjen.
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October 2017, Prästgårdsfortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Vuorenmäen kulkurinluola, or the Mountain Hill's Nomad Cave
It is the usual story, a "Suomen Luolat" book tells that there's a cave at certain coordinates. But when we show up, our GPS and the coordinates don't quite match. And there are caves around, possibly several, although we're not quite sure which ones the book referred to.
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October 2017, Vuorenmäen kulkurin lippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Vuorenmäen kulkurin lohkareluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Vuorenmäen kulkurin kivenalusluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Vuorenmäen kulkurin nuotioluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Vuorenmäen kulkurin ylälippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Tired from a day of caving...
Ralf and I went to Torhola on Sunday to draw a map. We made some progress in that, but oh boy, there are so many problems, question marks, and on top of that, it is a lot of work in cold damp place!
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October 2017, Torhola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Russian Bunkers in Masala
Is that a green mushroom, or is somebody trying to exit a forgotten and blown-up bunker? Jarmo and Eino joined today for a walk through Masala, in an effort to again find bunkers left from the Russian occupation of Kirkkonummi. We found three bunkers, one of which was very interesting. Even if dangerous.
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October 2017, Masalan bunkkeri 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Masalan varastorakennus, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Masalan bunkkeri 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made); Hiking

Uber Exploration
... or was it urban exploration? Today's evening exercise was to find an abandoned bunker in Sweden. And when I got inside, there was shooting outside. Fortunately, it turned out to be a shooting range.
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October 2017, Skogbergafortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Viinakallio. The Booze Cliff cave.
Busy busy... more than half of my weekend goes to editing documents. But I decided I would too today go out, once I complete the doc. I should be able to still go out at 4pm, with sunset at 5.30pm. Except that by the time I'm hopping onto my car, I realise the daylight savings change is making the sunset at 4.30pm. Sigh. But no matter, I have a head lamp. Onwards!
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October 2017, Viinakallion luola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock); Hiking

Sonnimäki and Kalasberget Bunkers
Another weekend, another set of bunkers. Today me, Jarmo, and Velma went to explore further bunkers in the Sonnimäki and Kalasberget area. We found two interesting bunkers.
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October 2017, Bunkkeri 2, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Kalasberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Gruvböleberget Roof Cave
Kirkkonummi underground <3 And Retkipaikka told us of yet another cave in Kirkkonummi.
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October 2017, Gruvbölebergetin lippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Bunker on the Tulikukka Alley
I used the "Parenteesi Suunnistuskartalle" database from Lynx and coming home from work, stopped at bunker location in Sarvvik.
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October 2017, Tulikukkakujan bunkkeri, Sarvvik, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Kirkkonummi Caves
I said that I only knew four caves in Kirkkonummi. I should have checked the Suomen Luolat book, however. Or even my own archives which said I've been to five...
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October 2017, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Kalasberget Small Roof Cave
While searching for possible bunkers, we came across a tiny roof cave. Probably not enough to be classify as a cave, but now that I've seen it, I wanted to record its location.
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October 2017, Pieni lippaluola, Kalasberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Degerby ZIF-25
Googling for more information about the Kirkkonummi bunkers, I found out more bunkers, obviously. But also a tidbit that there maybe 250-300 bunkers in the Kirkkonummi area.
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October 2017, Degerbyn bunkkeri, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Gribbylundsfortet
The darkness falls early, before 4pm. Exit from the office then at 15:10, while having a conference call as you ride an Uber again; fortunately, the call ends by the time I am at the bunker.
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October 2017, Gribbylundsfortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

2nd Majvik Bunker
And now, with batteries in my flashlight... I stopped at another bunker in Majvik on the way home from the office.
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October 2017, Majvikin bunkkeri 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Arningefortet
On the way back to the airport and home, I stopped at the yet another place on the Korvlinjen, this time in Arninge, a village in Täby. There was supposed to be two fortresses or bunkers here. I found one fortress, but could not get in, and did not find the other one.
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October 2017, Västra Arningefortet, Täby, Sweden; Östra Arningefortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

The Sonnimäki Soviet Bunkers
Bunkers... where we were supposed to find a bunker was what seemed the remains of two regular houses, one with a basement. But a hundred meters away we found an almost intact Soviet bunker.
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October 2017, Rauniotalo, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Rauniotalo ja kellari, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Ruins, Vehicles); Caving (Man-made)

Killinmäki Bunker
There's just a little bit of warning tape, but most of it is gone. And one danger sign in a tree, visible from one direction only. The bunker is gone though, or hiding underground, with no easy way to enter. Just some holes in the ground that one needs to be careful of not stepping into.
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October 2017, Killinmäen bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Majvik Bunker
It is getting dark very early in Finland, so today I stopped to see a possible bunker in Majvik on the way to the office. I found a bunker with clear entrances go inside, as well as a small roof cave on a cliff near the bunker.
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October 2017, Majvikin bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Majvikin pieni lippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made, Rock)

Survey of all Kirkkonummi Caves
Project! Having done the survey work last year for Korkberget, the massive cave (in Finnish class, at least), this fall I've been trying to visit other underground places in Kirkkonummi. And I have now visited and surveyed all nine known/reachable caves in Kirkkonummi. There's three more but they are either on military area, their location is not known, or they have collapsed.
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October 2017, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Jorvas Bunkers
How can one work somewhere for 25 years, and NEVER visit a lake just a few hundred meters away? I really don't know, but in my defence I went there today. And found trenches and flooded bunkers.
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October 2017, Jorvas bunkkeri 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas bunkkeritie, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas juoksuhauta, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 3, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 4, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Trenches); Caving (Man-made); Hiking

Kakarberget Cave in the Darkness
Apparently, we like caving so much that we're willing to search forests in darkness, with headlamps, to look for caves.
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October 2017, Iso lippaluola, Kakarberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Pieni kulmaluola, Kakarberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Matala lippaluola, Kakarberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Map of the Nepperi Cave
Nepperi is at the center of the big controversy: is the largest cave inside Ring III in Vantaa as currently believed, or perhaps in Espoo?
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September 2017, Nepperin luola, Espoo, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Österbacken II
In better daylight and with Jarmo's help we now found the quarry. I must have walked 20 meters from the quarry wall (a 10+ meter drop, btw) yesterday.
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September 2017, Österbackenin päälouhos, Vantaa, Finland; Juvanmalmin louhos, Espoo, Finland; Juvanmalmin tuhottu louhos, Espoo, Finland; Österbackenin mahdollinen historiallinen louhos, Vantaa, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries); Caving (Man-made)

Dragon's Den - Smocza Jama
Smocza Jama. Or Dragon's Den, an ancient cave. Despite the puffing, fire-breathing dragon, there's nothing to be afraid of, as long the dragon is fed enough cattle every week. Either cattle .... or equivalent number of humans.
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August 2017, Smocza Jama, Krakow, Poland
Caving (Rock)

The Mannerheim Bunker
A small announcement in the newspaper -- Mannerheim's bunker to open for visitors. Of course I had to go...
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August 2017, Tamminiemi, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

Crystal Cave at Sequoia
Janne and I are on a trip through California (and few other states). We dropped by the Crystal Cave at the Sequoia National Park.
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July 2017, Crystal Cave, Sequoia National Park, California, USA
Caving (Rock)

Bozkovské Dolomitové Jeskynĕ
I had an opportunity for a brief visit to the Bozkovské Dolomitové Jeskynĕ or the Bozkov Dolomite caves. The cave system is 1060 meters long and hosts the largest underground lake in Czech Republic.
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July 2017, Bozkov Dolomit Caves, Bozkov, Czech Republic
Caving (Rock)

Certificate!
Cool. Got a certificate in the mail from the caving course earlier in the summer :-) and clearly they were focused on things that needed improvement on my side, like responsibility and safety.
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July 2017, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Underground Hotel Room
This is the world's oldest and biggest hotel room. And it is 64 meters underground, in a cave in Arizona. Sadly, we did not have money to for the night (850 USD) but we did get a tour.
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July 2017, Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona, USA
Caving (Rock)

Kasaberget cave and abandoned concrete houses
I was searching for a place to visit this Sunday... with pretty much the only requirement being that a teenager would be interested in going. We ended up going to Kasaberget in Kirkkonummi.
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June 2017, Abandoned warehouses, Strömsby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kasabergetin luola, Strömsby, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Buildings, Ruins); History

A Kilometer Inside
This is an exceptional opportunity that only opens once a year. Janne and I are crawling in the cave, guided by friendly cavers from the Swedish Speleological Association. We get to see amazing things, from stalactites to "Inre Sjön", a small lake (or rather, a pool) a kilometer into the cave.
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June 2017, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden; Kanalen, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden; Bryet, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden; Galgbergsgrottan, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Caving (Rock)

Ruins of the Bemböle Watermill
Can you drive by something for 20 years, and not be aware of the wonders just few meters from the road? You can. I had not heard about the Bemböle watermill ruins.
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June 2017, Bembölen vanha mylly, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins); Caving (Man-made)

Basic Caving Course in Turku
The Finnish Speleological Association arranged a basic caving course in Turku in June. The course started from the basics, like crawling. A slide to teach crawling! And walking, for that we had another slide.
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June 2017, Luolavuoren luola, Turku, Finland; Ispoisten ranta, Turku, Finland
Caving (Rock); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

I was on a course...
... and we started from the basics, like crawling.
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June 2017, Cumulus Hotel, Turku, Finland
Caving (Rock); Training

Member of the club?
It is a bad sign if you get a frequent customer card from the local military surplus store. Or the "Frequent Pig" card as they call it.
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June 2017, Varusteleka, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Rock); Equipment

Map of the Högberget Cave
Earlier this week I took some of my colleagues to see the interesting Högberget cave, near our office. I also took some measurements, and drew a map.
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June 2017, Högberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

The Kalkkikallio caves in Vantaa
I was looking for a quick, interesting exploration for Saturday morning, and finally drove up to Kalkkikallio caves (Limestone Hill caves) in Vantaa. Kalkkikallio is a rock hill area on the other side of the Ring III road from the IKEA store. The hill is next to a secluded, quiet area of houses.
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June 2017, Kalkkikallio, Vantaa, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Very Finnish Party
This is how we do picnic in Finland. Rain, hail, cold, jackets, sulking under what cover we might find.
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June 2017, Vallisaaren niityn bunkkeri, Helsinki, Finland
Other; Caving (Man-made)

Woven Stone. And Cave Under.
I am making turns on a fresh norwegian moss, when I see something strange. A dramatic outgrowth of moss on a rock? No, it was art wrapping! The Woven Stone by Lise Wulff, a norwegian ecoartist. And a cave underneath!
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May 2017, Woven Stone, Hemsedal, Norway
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock)

Solamäki Caves
Yesterday we went to the Solamäki caves (Solamäen luolat) in Siuntio. We found a crack system, with a large cave hall by Finnish standards, and many interesting small cracks.
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May 2017, Solamäki, Siuntio, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Dead Cat Margarine
Dead cats were blended into margarine and fed to humans. We're going to a secret, abandoned tunnel to meet the ghosts of the cats. But it won't be easy to get there.
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April 2017, Undisclosed Finnish location, Finland
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Abandoned railroad tunnel
Today's evening excursion was to an abandoned railroad tunnel. The tunnel is 600 meters long, and in the middle of everything, at a place I've been many times, but I had never heard about the tunnel before.
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April 2017, Undisclosed location, Helsinki, Finland
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Squeezing into the Nepperi cave
On Sunday I needed some exercise, and decided to take a walk in the area of Pitkäjärvi in Espoo. I picked a route that would allow me to visit the Nepperi cave and took my drone just in case I needed to peek from the sky at some point.
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April 2017, Nepperin luola, Espoo, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Kangasala Caving
Janne and I often visit Tampere on his winter vacation from school. We did that again, and again went to explore some caves. This time in Kangasala.
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February 2017, Lempokiven luola, Kangasala, Finland; Ohtolan Pirunkallion luola, Kangasala, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Bird Horniness Eye Swamp Cave
Bird Horniness Swamp Eye cave. A great name, at least. But is the cave great?
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January 2017, Lintukiiman Silmäsuon luola, Nummi-Pusula, Finland
Caving (Rock)

The Korkberget Files
I want to take you to a special place. Janne and I have spent there over 20 days by now. And every day of exploration rewards us with more finds. It is nearby. An old friend. But did we know all of its secrets before? I certainly didn't. Caves in Finland are small. What if I told you about a complex system of caves, with hundreds of meters of tunnels and fifty entrances, including one that you can drive a boat in?
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December 2016, Korkberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Funny. Really funny.
Really funny. More drawings on natural stones, really nice graphics this time. This is in Torhola cave in Lohja, Finland.
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November 2016, Torhola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock)

The Unnatural Wakeup
Today I had an unnatural 0700 wakeup so that I could enjoy Nuuksio morning and caves with Janne before taking off to a trip later.
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October 2016, Vähä-hauklammen luola, Nuuksio, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Monttukrouvi
This lazy Saturday's program for me and Janne was to visit some of the bunkers and moats around Helsinki's WWI defence structures. There are plenty of these structures, sadly all slowly rotting away. Historic sites, officially almost forgotten and certainly not cared for.
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September 2016, Pirkkola, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Buildings)

Varberget, Nauvo
Nauvo is a large island in the archipelago south of Turku, Finland. Varberget is a set of small caves on a cliff ridge that rises on the island.
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September 2016, Varberget, Nauvo, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Anti-Gravity Lift Towers
The Swiss are clever innovators. The latest example of this that I saw were the lift towers in Saas Fee. Floating in mid-air, not standing on ground like regular towers. Anti-gravity in action!
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August 2016, Saas Fee, Switzerland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Ice)

Srsly, Smearing Caves with Vaseline???!!
We had a disturbing visit to a cave today. Somebody had not only blocked access to this cave, but also smeared vaseline all over the cave, spread broken glass, and so on. Sigh.
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August 2016, Mätikän luola, Masku, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Kluterthohle
I don't often relax, but when I do, it has to be muddy. Wet. And underground.
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July 2016, Kluterthohle, Ennepetal, Germany
Caving (Rock)

Wormhole
I guess we can blame ourselves, as we were looking for the wormhole. We didn't realise the world would change if we went through it. Lost in time for a while, but managed to return back to our universe by going through the wormhole again.
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July 2016, Pirunpesankivi, Nokia, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Water in Boots
Hulubergsgrottan. Sipoo, Finland. Tiny hole, only crawable. And now filled with dirty water. What could be more fun to explore?
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June 2016, Hulubergsgrottan, Sipoo, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Cave Surveying Course
We often have just coordinates. While Finnish caves are small, they are often also non-obvious, mere collections of holes under boulders. Would be nice to have a map, to even know if we're in the right hole.
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June 2016, Torhola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Smuggler's Cave, Salo
Salo, southern Finland. More than an hour away by car, and we've been in the forest for an hour now. The cave is nowhere to be found. I have coordinates, but in the wrong coordinate system and Google isn't co-operating to interpret them in the right way.
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April 2016, Rosvoluola, Salo, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Torhola
Caves in Finland may be small, but fortunately also claustrophobia-inducing. Caves are also not well known, but this one has an actual road sign and a parking lot!
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February 2016, Torhola, Lohja, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Taking the Nysse to the Slopes
Tampere. A great destination for the winter vacation. But can you take the city bus to the slopes? Yes you can.
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February 2016, Mustavuori, Tampere, Finland; Tampereen rinteet Hervanta, Hervanta, Tampere, Finland; Hirvi-Simuna, Lempäälä, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock)

Cave Skiing
I like caves and skiing, of course, but it is rare that the two mix. But in Cervinia there's small cave that you can ski through. If you dare.
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February 2016, Cervinia, Italy
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock)

Kekesteto
It was a cold night in HEL, -29 degrees at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. I felt like I needed to go south to find better skiing weather.
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January 2016, Kekestetö, Hungary
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock)

A Pile of Rocks
Imagine rocks thrown together, all sizes all the way up to house-sized boulders. Korkberget doesn't get more than a brief mention in "Caves of Finland". But it is one of the biggest caves in our area, and quite a maze.
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December 2015, Korkberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Titlis in the Darkness
You have to take six lifts to get to the top. And we were late, because travel. But it turns out you can also stay late. By the time we started our final 2km vertical descent, it was already dark.
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December 2015, Engelberg, Switzerland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock); Sauna (Normal)

Cave with a View
There are usually no great views from caves, at least not of the sunset. Except at Rokokallio.
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December 2015, Rokokallio, Vihti, Finland; Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Högberget Cave
I thought there are no caves in Finland, but there are some! This weekend's adventure was to visit the specially formed Högberget flow-erosion cave.
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December 2015, Högberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock)

Chattanooga Caving
I like caves, but feel suspicious of touristy tours. They usually leave a bland feeling, too easy, too packaged. Not so with Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennesee!
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October 2015, Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Caving (Rock)

Bunker Bouldering
A blown-up bunker. Debris. Darkness. Bats. Concrete rising to the heights. Walls hanging where they should not be. An ideal climbing place, if it wasn't for the grim past of this place and the morbid pictures of soldiers.
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June 2015, Humboldthain Flaktürme, Berlin, Germany
Climbing (Wall); Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

Sauna im Stubai

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January 2015, Stubaital, Austria; Schlick 2000, Austria; Patschkofel, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Ice); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Lost World
The sun is still bright, but the environment is getting strange. Fog is engulfing us. Plants are starting to look pre-historic. And I'm hanging from a 100 meter rope, above the Lost World, a cave system in Waitomo, New Zealand. And it is starting to look like my landing spot is in the river at the bottom of the cave.
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August 2014, Waitomo, New Zealand
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

On the Beach
Midsummer in Gotland, Sweden. Perfect place for boating, hanging out on the sand beach, swimming, as well as a little bit of climbing. And all this underground!
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June 2014, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden
Caving (Rock); Swimming (Underground)

Dos Ojos
I like lazy Saturdays. The ones with no meetings, and planes not leaving until the evening. And no plans, other than having a swimsuit and wanting to visit some natural pools in the warm weather. But I ended up seeing incredible cenotes, colours, and diving in the world's 3rd longest underwater cave.
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April 2014, Dos Ojos, Yacatan, Mexico
Caving (Rock); Diving

Underground Skiing
Does anyone remember the arcade game where you stood on skis? I loved that game, and one of the interesting tracks in the game goes through a cave. Ever since playing the game I have wanted to experience skiing underground. This week I was visiting Alpe d'Huez, France, and my wish was fulfilled. The "Le Tunnel" slope begins with a 200 meter tunnel through the mountain. And then continues as the most difficult black run the ski area has to offer.
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January 2013, Alpe d'Huez, France; Val d'Isere, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock)